Masala Dosa by Tarla Dalal

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Feb. 18, 2014

A tried-and-tested recipe that serves as a wholesome answer to the hungry palate! A thin crisp dosa, engulfed in a spicy potato bhaji.


For the masala
Boiled potato chunks 1 1/4 Cup (20 tbs) , peeled
Oil 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds 1/2 Teaspoon (rai/sarson)
Split black lentil 1/2 Teaspoon (split urad dal)
Finely chopped green chillies 1 Teaspoon
Curry leaves 7 (kadi patta)
Thinly sliced onions 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Salt To Taste
Turmeric powder 1/4 Teaspoon (haldi)
Lemon juice 1 Teaspoon
Sugar 1 Pinch
Finely chopped coriander 1 Tablespoon (dhania)
Other ingredients
Dosa batter 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs) (readymade)
Butter 9 Teaspoon (For greasing and cooking)




1. In a kadai/wok, heat oil, and splutter mustard seeds. Now add urad dal, and sauté for half a minute.

2. Add green chilies onions, and curry leaves and sauté for 2 - 3 minutes. Now mix in potatoes, turmeric powder, salt, lemon juice, and sugar, and cook for a couple of minutes. Add coriander and cook for a minute. Allow to cool.

3. Once cooled, mash gently with a spoon and keep aside.


4. In a bowl, combine together dosa batter, salt, and little water (if the batter appears to be too thick) and keep aside.


5. Grease a hot non-stick griddle (tava) with ¼ teaspoon of butter and sprinkle little amount of water on it (it should sizzle right away). Wipe the griddle instantly with a wet cloth piece.

6. Now pour one-fourth of the batter on the griddle and spread it in a circular motion to make a 7 inch thin dosa. Smear 2 teaspoons of butter on the edges of the dosa.

7. Spread one-fourth of the prepared masala in an even manner over the dosa and cook until dosa turns golden brown.

8. Fold over the dosa with a spatula while pressing it lightly to make a flat roll.

Repeat the above process to make three more dosas.


9. Serve the dosas hot with coconut chutney.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 25 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 224Calories from Fat 45

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g7.7%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 106 mg4.42%

Total Carbohydrates 41 g13.7%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8%

Sugars 4 g

Protein 4 g8%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet